Correos Prepago Yamaha VR46 Master Camp are going Down Under for this weekend‘s Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. The Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is a familiar venue for Manuel Gonzalez and Kohta Nozane, and they are ready to push for good results this weekend.
Gonzalez has special memories of Phillip Island. It‘s where he started his WorldSSP challenge in 2019. He thoroughly enjoys this track, also on a Moto2 bike. Last year as a rookie, he secured fifth place in the intermediate class. This year he is determined to improve further. He showed he has top-3 potential during the Indonesian GP and is keen to push for his maiden Moto2 podium this weekend.
Kohta is also excited to visit the Phillip Island track again, where he has WorldSBK experience. At the previous two GPs he had great starts to the Races and solid pace, but they resulted in NC scores. This weekend he is determined to make good on his potential, as he aims to score his first Moto2 championship points in 2023.
Phillip Island hosted its first motorcycle race in 1931. In 1956, a permanently constructed circuit continued to host motorcycle Grand Prix events until it fell into disrepair during the late 70s and early 80s. After extensive renovation, the circuit made an intermediate comeback in MotoGP in 1989 and 1990, only to become a regular fixture once more from 1997 onwards. Thanks to its terrific location, right next to the ocean, and its flowing 4.4 km layout, featuring seven left and five right corners, and a 900 m longest straight, the Phillip Island track is loved by fans and Moto2 riders alike.
The Grand Prix of Australia is held in the GMT +11 time zone. Moto2‘s P1 will take place on Friday from 09:50 - 10:30 local track time, followed by P2 from 14:05 - 14:45. On Saturday, P3 will be held from 09:25 - 09:55 and the qualifying sessions from 13:45 - 14:25. On Sunday, the Race starts at 12:15.